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I'm teaching a class tomorrow afternoon at 1:00, and I've just finished the lesson plan. I made a montage of about 30 documentary films, have a bunch of quotes, a 2 page outline of my lecture... but I'd really like to have a song to play at the end of class as the students are leaving.

I'm teaching on the adverse effects of nationalism - basically coming from the premise that nationalism is the result of overly-powerful governments abusing patriotism, twisting into a mentality that devalues and dehumanizes non-citizens.

I'm coming from a lot of different angles, from the whole duty/honor idea of Clint Eastwoods new film, Letters From Iwo Jima, the religious and nation-worshiping aspect, and the aspect of coerced nationalism via threats/scare tactics, so any song that involves those would be good. I just can't seem to find an appropriate song.

I mean, it needs to be respectively solemn (I have clips from the holocaust and of troops dying in WWII, so yeah) so no Clutch or SOAD, but it needs to be hard-hitting too. The best I've come up with as of yet is Politik by Coldplay.

Anyway, if any of you guys have any ideas before noon, -5 GMT on the 30th, I'd be MOST appreciative. Kind of a brain freeze here...

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Well there’s Iced Earth’s The Glorious Burden for over zealous patriotic themes if irony is what you’re after since before the album was released in some countries a few tracks were removed because of the lyrical themes. :P

I’m sure there are others you could use as well, I just can’t think of anything off the top of my head.
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Take a bow - Muse
Exo-Politics - Muse

But I don't know how fitting they are. Just two songs that came off the top of my head....

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Owww, I just thought, how about something off Evergrey’s Recreation Day? It’s in one of a series of concept albums, this one’s lyrical themes centre around personal reformation (Which could be easily linked in a slightly abstract way to what you’re talking about) and the second track, End Of Your Days, has a really badass keyboard intro followed by a mini-guitar solo. So if nothing else the people in your class will be impressed by that. :P
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"Let's pretend that it's okay that people die...their nationalist pride has let them down again...i wonder how mister and misses x feel, about the war...they've lost their lives and it's fucking war again...but that's the price of freedom...so can you bomb the fuckers out please help us government, they're the ones you've got to hurt...the people sitting oblivious at home...that's where the danger lies for me..."

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